Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi: CEO, Afrika Tikkun USA | Twitter: @LizNgonzi
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  1. 1. Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi: CEO, Afrika Tikkun USA | Twitter: @LizNgonzi Africa Tikkun USA is an independent 501(c)3 organization. 25 Broadway, 9th Floor · New York, NY 10004 | www.afrikatikkun.org Liz Ngonzi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North America representative of Afrika Tikkun-- a cutting-edge South African organization that for the last twenty-one years has successfully delivered innovative social development services to underserved communities for which Nelson Mandela served as Chief Patron. Ms. Ngonzi leads its work in North America, in the organization’s mission to develop a next-generation non-profit; building strategic partnerships and collaborations across individuals, corporations, non-profits, academia and global organizations. Most recently, she led Afrika Tikkun’s September 2015 role as a marketing partner to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Trade Winds Africa mission to South Africa, which included 150+ investors, small businesses and multi-national corporations. Prior to Afrika Tikkun, Ms. Ngonzi had a consultancy through which she and her team assisted major nonprofit organizations, corporations, the media and funders worldwide, to meet their mutually beneficial strategic objectives by identifying their shared relationships and by facilitating ways in which they could creatively and efficiently pursue and meet their common goals. Ms. Ngonzi has over 10 years of teaching and training experience. For the last six years, she has been on the adjunct faculty at New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising-- developing courses for NGO leaders and grant makers seeking to leverage technology to more effectively engage with their various stakeholders. As a 2011-2013 Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University, she advised aspiring entrepreneurs on how to develop compelling value propositions for funders. Additionally, she has developed a Fundraising webinar for Vital Voices Global Partnership’s 300+ women VVLEAD fellows worldwide and a self-guided online course on Digital Storytelling, for The Foundation Center. A global public speaker, she is frequently requested to address audiences about entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy, and technological innovations advancing international development. Her appearances have included chairing the August 2015 African Women’s Leadership Summit in South Africa; speaking in the October 2014 International Fundraising Congress in The Netherlands and May 2014 WIE Lagos Symposium in Nigeria; keynoting the 2013 Southern Africa Fundraising Awards; delivering a 2013 TEDx Talk at Cornell University; and serving on the 2012 SXSW Africa, Tech & Women panel that she co-organized in Austin, TX. Most recently, she was appointed to the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, she has served as a case evaluator for the 2015 Yale University School of Management Africa Business Practicum, a juror of the 2014 REBRAND 100(R) Global Awards, and a judge for the Apps4Africa 2012 Business Challenge. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Ngonzi served as Communications Chair of the invitation-only, President's Council of Cornell Women; she recently joined the executive board of Cornell MOSAIC; is a member of the Advisory Board to Syracuse University School of Information Studies; was an inaugural member of the Alumni Affairs Board of the United Nations International School and advisory board of Africans in the Diaspora (AiD). Ms. Ngonzi has been quoted and/or featured in media outlets, including: Black Enterprise Magazine; CCTV America; CNBC; Crain's New York Business; Forbes Woman; the Chicago Tribune; the Cornell Chronicle; MarketWatch; the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC); The New York Times; The Washington Post; and Voice of America's Africa 54 program, among others. In January 2015, she was listed as one of the “25 Smartest Women on Twitter 2015” by BRANDfog. Ms. Ngonzi spent the first half of her career in technology marketing, B2B sales and management consulting with Digital Equipment Corporation, MICROS Systems, Inc. and Arthur Andersen, respectively. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Syracuse University; an MMH degree in Services Marketing from Cornell University; and graduated from the United Nations International School, which she attended from kindergarten to 12th grade.